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Charitable Trusts & Foundations

Trusts and Foundations

Support from charitable trusts and foundations and other grant making bodies is vital for our community projects!

We apply to a range of funders on a regular basis. This supports all areas of our community engagement activities, particularly our education and outreach projects.
Funding from these organisations is usually for specific projects and is therefore rarely able to support the everyday costs of running The Courtyard. Money from trusts and foundations is often used to match funding from other sources such as donations from our supporters. That’s why support from individuals can prove invaluable in demonstrating support for specific projects as well as the overall work of The Courtyard.
We are very grateful to all our funders who give generously to enable us to carry out our vital work.

Arts Council England supports The Courtyard with an annual grant of £213,000. We are part of the Arts Council’s National Portfolio Scheme, which is an important accolade for us as an organisation.

Awards for All , together with the Hereford Diocese Social Aid Fund, are both helping us to take our young people’s mental health project to many more schools through innovative digital delivery.

BBC Children in Need has given us a grant over three years to work with children with special educational needs and disabilities. This work enables them to participate in arts-related education and learning activities.
The Beaumont Trust continues to support The Courtyard’s work with young people, helping with funding for the Family Festival.
The Brailsford Charitable Trust is a long-term supporter of our Youth Theatre.
The Church Street Trust generously funds Cultivate, our work with emerging young artists. They supported Great Expectations, a pro-am theatre production which took place in autumn 2019.
The Darkley Trust supported performances as part of the Family Festival 2021, Movie Magic.


The D M Thomas Foundation for Young People helped fund the installation of a hoist and changing bed to improve access to our facilities for children and young people with disabilities.

The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trusthelped us work with a local musical theatre company performing Aladdin to disadvantaged children and young people to participate.

The Duchy of Cornwall has supported us to make our activities more accessible for those with extra needs.

The Edenstone Foundation is supporting our Facebook Live sessions for schools, which have been a vital ongoing element of our digital education delivery.

The Elmley Foundation is helping us to continue our work with older people through creative arts projects.
The Eveson Charitable Trust has supported various access projects including audio menus and live guides for visually impaired people.
Groundwork/Tesco Bags of Help funded a week of creative and eco-friendly outdoor activities for disadvantaged young people, when we worked with Herefordshire Wildlife Trust.

Herefordshire Community Foundation (HCF) has given us funding to support a range of community arts projects. These include Creative Ageing, Youth Theatre and, #TalkAwayDontWalkAway, our mental health project for young people.

Morrisons Foundation is helping with our work for older people, including workshops, relaxed screenings and tea dances.

New Grove Trust gave a grant for an older people’s creative arts project working with Newton Farm Community Association.

The Radcliffe Trust supported our work around taking creative arts out to older people in rural areas.

The Rowlands Trust have given a grant to enable us to buy new equipment for stage combat teaching sessions delivered by the Education Team.

The Sylvia Short Educational Charity continues to deliver regular funding supporting coach travel for local schools to visit The Courtyard.

The Thistle Trust supported the Senior Youth Theatre as they participate in drama workshops associated with the Knife Angel project.

The Ulverscroft Foundation have given us a grant to install Braille signage throughout the building now that the redevelopment has been completed. 

For more information about grant making, or if you want to help with donations towards our projects, please contact Fundraising Manager Clare Wichbold, telephone 01432 346505, or email